A Los Angeles TV anchorman just got the boot for going ballistic against management — on the air — after his co-anchor was not allowed to say so long to viewers after she resigned.
Mark Mester had been suspended earlier this week, but KTLA decided what he did warranted termination.
Mester was pissed off that co-anchor Lynette Romero, whom Mester called his “best friend,” told management she was leaving after 24 years to anchor at another station and management didn’t allow her to have an on-air goodbye.
Producers had reportedly written a segment for Mester to read as tribute to Lynette, but he refused, instead, Mester groused, “I want to start off right now by offering up an apology to you [Lynette]. I love you so much, you literally are my best friend. You did not deserve what happened to you.”
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Mester was not done, calling the move rude, cruel and inappropriate.
He also told viewers a plane was flying over KTLA with a banner that read, “We love you Lynette.” The plane was chartered by Mester, according to the L.A. Times.
Apparently, Lynette was willing to stay if she could anchor weeknights instead of weekends, but the station wouldn’t budge and that’s why she left.